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Leota M. Ryman

Photo G15-08 (Leota Ryman)crLeota M. (Sollie) Ryman, 88, of Gettysburg, died Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Avera Mary House in Pierre.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 25 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Gettysburg with Pastor Daniel Tews officiating.  Burial will be at 2:30 p.m., April 25, at the Warner Cemetery, Warner.  Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m., Friday, April 24 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, all at the church.
Leota (Sollie) Ryman was born on Aug. 23, 1926 to Elmer and Mae (Elliott) Sollie in Aberdeen, SD. She attended Highland Country School and graduated from Warner High School in 1944. Following graduation from high school, Leota was employed as a secretary at Aberdeen Central High School and also at an insurance company for four years.
Leota married Jack Ryman on June 11, 1948.  They resided on the family dairy farm near Mansfield for seven years.  They moved to Stratford, Ferney, and finally Gettysburg in 1966.  There Jack was employed as general manager of Potter County Grain. Leota worked for the Farmers Home Administration until 1979. During the 1980’s, she shared her passion for painting by operating a ceramics studio in her home.
Leota loved and prayed for her family daily.  She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church where she served on altar guild since 1966 and taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years.  She studied the Word of the Lord faithfully for 28 years with her good friends in her Wednesday afternoon Bible Class.
Her favorite hobbies included fishing on the Missouri River, tending her flower gardens, feeding the birds, and watching her grandchildren participate in sports events.  She cherished memories made with Jack “snowbirding” in Arizona for 13 winters following retirement.
She is survived by her daughters:  Jacalyn (Bob) Smith, Sandi (Dave) Soyk, Judy (John) Nielsen, and Deb (Kris) Nafziger; her 12 grandchildren: Jesse (Kristen) Soyk, Trevor (Laura) Soyk, Jaime (Matthew) Smith Gardner, Jodi Smith, Justin Smith, Nathan Soyk, Kaitlin Soyk, Tate Nafziger, Destry Nafziger, Cole Nafziger, Jayde Nielsen, and Skylar Nielsen; two great-grandchildren:  Noah and Anderson Jack Soyk; one sister, Fern (Kaven) Wiehr; and two sisters-in-law:  Lois Sollie and Marjorie (Dean) Wiedebush.
Leota was preceded in death by her husband Jack, in 1998; an infant son, Roger; her parents; and her brother, Virgil Sollie.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Leota’s arrangements. (

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Cheryl V. Allen

Cheryl V. Allen, 81, of Le Mars, IA died April 13, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA.  A memorial service was held April 18 at the Mauer – Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars with the Rev. Kolleen Queener officiating.
Cheryl Verda Allen was born on Jan. 20, 1934 in Yankton, SD to Harold and Verda Haecker and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1952.
On Dec. 26, 1953, Cheryl and Richard “Dick” Allen were united in marriage at Mitchell, SD.  Cheryl earned a teaching certificate and taught in rural schools
She and Dick spent summers the last 25 years at their summer home at South Whitlock near Gettysburg, SD.
She is survived by her husband, Dick of Le Mars, IA; sons Randy Allen of Watertown, SD, Greg Allen (Karen) of Bemidji, MN son, Wade Allen of Le Mars, IA, daughter Rhonda (Robin) Klemme of Merrill, IA, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Fred Haecker.

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Gettysburg Board of Education held regular meeting April 13

Untitled-21April 13, 2015
The Gettysburg Board of Education held their regular meeting on the above date in the conference room.  Present were the following:  Matt Cronin, Brian Robbennolt, Kevin Geditz, Kenny Goebel, Paul Kellogg, Mark Schatz and Kim Schweiss.  Also present were Tim Hagedorn, Wendy Smith, Barb Everson, and Kay Schmidt.
The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Board President Cronin called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.
Motion by Schweiss, second by Kellogg to approve the agenda with the following additions: Approve SDSDBF health insurance contract, Daktronic Scoreboard, Executive Session for Personnel, SDCL 1-25-2-1, and Executive Session for Student, SDCL 1-25-2-2.  All present voted aye.  Motion carried.
Motion by Schatz, second by Schweiss to approve the following consent agenda with the following changes:  add obsolete items.  Approve the minutes of the March 11, 2015 minutes with the following addition: Motion by Goebel, second by Schatz to offer administrative contracts for the 2015-16 school year to Tim Hagedorn, Superintendent/Elem Principal, Wendy Smith, JH/HS Principal and Barbara Everson, Business Manager.  All present voted aye.  Motion carried; approve the minutes of the March 30, 2015 special board meeting; approve the financial reports; approve the 4-9-15 claims; and approve the obsolete items.  All present voted aye.  Motion carried.  Schatz acknowledges conflict of interest with the claim to Schatz Electric and his aye vote does not include that item.  Cronin acknowledges conflict of interest with the claims to John Deere Financial and his aye vote does not include those items.
ABERDEEN NEWS COMPANY, $213.00, Elem lib subscription; ADOBA HOTEL 1,758.00, Lodging State WR; B&R BAUER, INC., 225.00, Winterize FB field, rpr break; BMS, INC., 45.00, Custodial parts/rpr; BURG’S GAS & ETC., INC., THE, 1,509.36, School vehicle fuel; CDW GOVERNMENT INC, 180.03, Toner for HS library; CENTRAL DISTRIBUTION, 1,605.61, Custodial supplies;
CITY OF GETTYSBURG, 220.90, Water; CUMMINS CENTRAL POWER, LLC, 892.23, Generator inspection/rpr; DAKOTA FARM & RANCH SUPPLY, 119.99, Cust/Ag supplies; ELAN FINANCIAL SERVICES, 225.40, Envelopes/custodial/ad supplies; ELITE BUSINESS SYSTEMS INC., 278.02, Copier/printer supplies/copies;
G’BURG SCHOOL/DISTRICT REFUND 1,767.33, Mike Schlachter, 133.50, Wrestling supplies, Stanley Co HS, 61.40, Share of Region Wrestling Loss, WEX Bank, 9.00, Monthly gas card, John Deere Financial, 872.21, Mower tractor supplies/rpr, Post Office, 147.00, Postage, SW/WC Service Coop, 50.00, Purchasing group fee, NSU Track & Field, 140.00, Track indoor meet, Don Frost, 4.22, Reimb supplies, Mobridge HS, 200.00, CSDC Dues, NSU Track & Field, 150.00, Track indoor meet;
GAS’N GOODIES, 228.13, School vehicle gas; GETTYSBURG BAKERY, 50.00, Rolls for inservice; GETTYSBURG ROTARY CLUB 97.50, Supt/seniors meals; HAMPTON INN, 102.00, Lodging VB clinic; HARTFORD STEAM BOILER, 450.00, Boiler Inspection; HAUFF MID-AMERICA SPORTS, 2,536.60, AD/Battler medals; HEARTLAND WASTE MANAGEMENT INC, 240.00, March services;
HEGSTROM, RANDY, 270.00, Pest spraying services; HERMITAGE ART COMPANY INC, 54.56, Grad program cover; JOHN DEERE FINANCIAL, 498.98, Labor, parts/tractor; LANGER’S FAMILY FOODS, 163.40, Inservice/HS science/FACS; M-F ATHLETIC COMPANY INC, 843.40, Track supplies; MARTIN’S DOOR RPR/INSTALLATION, 70.41, RPR garage door at field house;
MID-AMERICAN RESEARCH CHEM COR, 696.27, Custodial supplies; MONTANA DAKOTA UTILITIES, 6,749.43, Elec/Natural Gas; OAHE AREA YOUTH CENTER, 1,500.00, Aud rent Apr-June; PETTY CASH, 30.81, Postage; POTTER COUNTY NEWS, 243.42, Fiscal printing; QUIETT, MARY, 69.95, Reimb lib supplies; QUILL CORPORATION, 61.93, Office supplies;
RAMKOTA INN, BEST WESTERN, 433.98, ½ Student Council lodg/AD conv; SCHATZ ELECTRIC INC, 87.81, Rpr sound system/supplies; SCHLACHTER LUMBER, 381.80, Cust materials; SCHOOL OUTFITTERS, 60.96, Elem computer headphones; SCHOOL SPECIALTY INC, 204.22, Office/elem supplies; SD FCCLA, 1,075.00, State convention regist.;
SDASBO, 50.00, Bus.Mgr. spring meeting regist.; SDHSAA, 222.00, Sports rules books/AD directory; SERVALL UNIFORM/LINEN COMPANY, 91.50, March services; STAUROLITE INN, 183.00, Lodging Bandmasters; TAYLOR MUSIC, 85.00, Band instrument rprs; TRUE VALUE HARDWARE, 158.48, Cust/Band/Bus supplies; VENTURE COMMUNICATIONS INC, 175.70, Communications; VILAS PHARMACY, 21.50, TATU/AD supplies.
A&B BUSINESS, INC., $1,751.40, Ag classroom tables; BROAD REACH, 185.55, Library books; ELAN FINANCIAL SERVICES, 22.36, Gr 4 textbook; ELITE BUSINESS SYSTEMS INC., 326.14, Printer/copier leases; FREDERICK, MICHAEL, 20.00, Library Book; KNOWBUDDY RESOURCES, 128.94 Library Books; MIDAMERICA BOOKS, 239.50, Library Books; QUIETT, MARY, 384.09, Reimb library books.
AVERA GETTYSBURG HOSPITAL, $2,397.50, PT/OT Services Feb/Mar; VENTURE COMMUNICATIONS INC, 5.48, Communications.
SHARPE ENTERPRISES, $155,381.59, Construction costs.
CASS-CLAY CREAMERY, INC. $1,052.61, Dairy Products; CHILD & ADULT NUTRITION SERVIC, 586.78, Purchased commodity food; CHILD & ADULT NUTRITION SERVIC, 73.20, Purchased commodity food; CWD/HRS, 3,575.76, Purchased food/supplies; EARTHGRAINS BAKING CO’S INC., 556.55, Bread/buns; HEARTLAND WASTE MANAGEMENT INC, 120.00, March services; LANGER’S FAMILY FOODS, 161.76, Purchased food; SERVALL UNIFORM/LINEN COMPANY, 171.81, March services; WELLER, CARRIE, 330.96, Reim for groceries/supplies; PARENT, 530.00, Refund lunch acct balance.
GENERAL FUND, $125,443.48, Salaries/Ins/Retirement; SPED FUND, 20,104.97, Salaries/Ins/Retirement; FOOD SERVICE, 5,060.81, Salaries/Ins/Retirement; DRIVER’S ED/AFTER SCHOOL, 210.12, Salaries/Ins/Retirement.
Motion by Robbennolt, second by Geditz to pay Bryce Hall ½ of an assistant boys basketball coaches salary in the amount of $1,197.20 as we advertised for an assistant coach and did not find one.  All present voted aye.  Motion carried.
Mr. Hagedorn reported on the Boiler Maintenance Agreement. He will research it further and report back to the board next month.
Business Manager Everson reported on the Chemical Disposal plan.  Motion by Kellogg, second by Goebel to go with the quote from Veola for $4,091.00 with one-half of that being paid for by a grant through the state.  All present voted aye.  She will try to have the company do this in June.
As we have an open board position starting on July 1, 2015, motion by Geditz, second by Schatz to appoint Kim Schweiss to a one year term from July 1, 2015 until June 30, 2016.  All present voted aye.  Motion carried.
Business Manager Everson reported that the State did not receive the original Food Service Management Contract she sent on Feb. 28th, but did receive it on March 31, 2015.  They have 30 days to review it etc.
The new school progress was discussed. Front side dirt work and trailers by the track were discussed.  Motion by Goebel, second by Geditz to approve Business Manager Everson to pursue a $313,000.00 financing option for the scoreboard/gym equipment subject to legal review.  All present voted aye. Motion carried.
The sports coop meeting was discussed.  Mark Weber, Eric Stuwe, Norm Stethem, Tim Hagedorn, Mark Schatz, Kenny Goebel, Brian Robbennolt and Vern Smith met with the following results: 1. The coop committee will meet each March. 2. The coaches contracts will be written by Gettysburg with a common salary scale. 3. With the new gym becoming available, the athletic directors will manage the gyms in the best interest of the students and the programs.
Motion by Schatz, second by Goebel to keep the Driver’s Ed fees at $200 for in-district and $250 out of district.  All present voted aye.
Motion by Geditz, second by Goebel to approve the contract of Alexandra Alspach for Special Ed teacher for the 2015-16 school year for $33,425.28.  All present voted aye.  Motion carried.
Mrs. Wendy Smith reported on school activities and upcoming events.  May 7th is awards night/scholarship night.  Dual credit classes for next year were discussed.  The senior trip went well.
Mr. Hagedorn reported that the Jump Rope for Heart raised over $10,000 with Christy Saltsman in charge of the program.  He reported on upcoming elementary activities.  Boiler inspectors and the fire marshall were both here and he reported on their findings.  The kitchen is planning on having a picnic in the park in May for the students. He discussed staffing. Motion by Robbennolt, second by Schatz to offer the janitor position to Josh Cordell at $11.60, a start date of  April 20, 2015.  All present voted aye.  Motion carried.
Motion by Kellogg, second by Geditz to renewal our health insurance with the Associated School Board Protective Trust. The plan is changing to Wellmark BC/BS. All present voted aye. Motion carried.
Motion by Robbennolt, second by Schweiss to approve the new scoreboard to be built for a cost not to exceed $94,437.00, subject to legal review.  All present voted aye.  Motion carried.
Motion by Goebel, second by Schatz to adjourn to Executive Session for Student, SDCL 1-25-2-2 at 9:14 PM.  All present voted aye.  Motion carried.
Board President Cronin declared the Board out of Executive Session at 9:16 PM.
Motion by Schweiss, second by Kellogg to adjourn to Executive Session for Personnel, SDCL 1-25-2-1 at 9:16 PM.  All present voted aye.  Motion carried.
Board President Cronin declared the Board out of Executive Session at 9:28 PM.
Motion by Geditz, second by Goebel to offer contracts to the following certified staff, per administrative recommendations:  Penny Baus, Jay Berglund, Crissy Bieber, Bradley Cihak, Jamie Cronin, Val Dahlquist, Kim Goebel, Tricia Heien, April Hobert, Catherine Larson, Kathryn Larson, Jessica Larson, Caylee Lolley, Amber Mikkelsen, Mary Quiett, Adam Roberts, Christine Saltsman, Keith Scott, Sally Simon, Vern Smith, Patty Stoner, Julie Williams, Sara Wuttke, Cindy Schmidt, para-professional, and Kirsten Cronin, para-professional.  All present voted aye.  Motion carried.
Business Manager Everson was instructed to purchase a time clock/system.
Motion by Schweiss, second by Robbennolt to adjourn to Executive Session for Negotiations, SDCL 1-25-2-4 at 9:29 PM.  All present voted aye.  Motion carried.
Board President Cronin declared the Board out of Executive Session at 11:00 PM.
Motion by Kellogg, second by Schatz to give classified staff the following raises for the 2015-2016 school year:  Teacher’s aides – Jamie Ahlemeier, Marilyn Scott, Joey Brown and Michelle Storkson .75/hr  Library aide – Delores Wickersham and Administrative Assistant Nancy Smith .50/hr. Bus Driver’s – Keith Scott, Amy Hartung, Warren Wilson and Marilyn Scott .35/hr, with layover time remaining the same.  All present voted aye. Motion carried.  Kitchen staff will be determined at a later date, depending on the Food Service Management Contract.
Motion by Robbennolt, second by Geditz to give administrative staff the following raises for the 2015-2016 school year:  Tim Hagedorn, Superintendent, no increase, Wendy Smith, Principal, $1,115.50, and Barbara Everson, Business Manager, $1,218.64.  All present voted aye.  Motion carried.
Motion by Goebel, second by Geditz to adjourn the meeting at 11:10 PM.  All present voted aye.  Motion carried.
Matthew Cronin, Board President
Barbara Everson, Business Manager
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County Commissioners held special meeting April 14

APRIL 14, 2015
Chairman Worth called an adjourned meeting of the Potter County Board of Commissioners to order at 9:00 A.M. in the Commissioners Room at the Courthouse.  Other Commissioners present: Frost, Maroney, Arbach.  Williams absent.
Moved by Maroney seconded by Frost to adjourn as a Board of County Commissioners and convene as a Consolidated Board of Equalization with Gettysburg City and Lebanon Town.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
Moved by Maroney, seconded by Frost to adjourn as a Consolidated Board of Equalization and convene as a County Board of Equalization.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
1. Arthur Beringer filed an appeal to the real property assessment on Record #4814 NW 26-119-76 & #4817 NE 27-119-76 Lincoln Township, Hoven School District #4814 assessed at $159,412 & # 4817 assessed at $111,953.  Motion by Maroney, seconded by Frost to adjust value on #4814 to $77,463 & #4817 to $80,581.  All voted aye.  Motion carried
Three applications for property tax exemption status according to SDCL 10-4-40 was reviewed.  Moved by Maroney seconded by Frost approve the applications for Disabled Veteran Exempt Property Tax Status.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
Five applications for the Elderly and Disabled Assessment Freeze were reviewed.  Moved by Maroney, seconded by Frost that all requirements had been met to qualify for the 2015 tax freeze.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
Moved by Maroney, seconded Frost to approve the following tax exempt properties.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
Ralph Leui Post of the American Legion
Lot 19 and S 261/2’ of Lot 20 Blk 26 Bryson’s Add’n
Ionic Lodge AF & AM #83
Lots 13, 14 and 15 Blk 17 Western Town Lot Company Add’n
Grace Bible M B Church
Lots 1, 5, 6, 7 & 8A Blk 84 Western Town Lot Company Add’n, S 25’ of Lot 5 & all of Lot 6 Blk 1 Pott’s Add’n, S 75’ of Lots 7 & 8 Blk 83 Western Town Lot Company Add’n.
Medicine Rock Senior Citizens Center Inc
Lots 13 thru 18 Blk 26 Bryson’s Add’n
Sacred Heart Church
Lots 1 thru 13 Blk 58, Lots 1 thru 10 Blk 59 Western Town Lot Co Add’n
Dakota Sunset Museum
Lots 10 thru 21 Blk 22 Bryson’s Add’n
Lots 20 and 21 Blk 27 Bryson’s Add’n
Gettysburg Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Lot 2 Blk 1 Smith’s Add’n
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
S 60’ of Lots 1, 2 and 3, Blk 1 Schlachter’s Add’n
S 60’ of Lots 4, 5 & 6, Lots 7 thru 12 Blk 1 Schlachter’s Add’n
The United Methodist Church
Lots 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 19 Blk 59 Lots 3 & 4 Blk 29 Bryson’s Add’n
Gettysburg/Whitlock Bay Development Corp
Industrial Park Lot B
Gettysburg Medical Center
Lot 1 Gettysburg Medical Center Add’n..
Mid-Dakota Rural Water
Industrial Park Lot C
Potter County Conservation District
A parcel of land beginning 300’ S of the NE corner of the SE 24-118-76, extends 250 ’W, 200’ S, 250’ E Then 200’ N to point of beginning
John J Peters Post #159
W 60’ of Lots 1 & 2 & 12 to 17 inclusive Blk 10 Way’s Plat
Hoven Area Health Center
Unplatted, Hoven Town
St Anthony’s Church
Lot 10 less S 150’ Way’s Plat, Lot 2 less N 35’ of Outlot 2, Outlot 8 &S 1and ½” of Lot 2, all of Lots 3 & 4 Blk 16 Way’s Plat (Treasure Hut)
Blue Blanket Valley Senior Citizens Inc
Lots 11 & 12 Blk 16 Way’s Plat (partial exempt)
Knights of Columbus Council #4750
Lots 9 & 10 Blk 16 Way’s Plat
Glory Bound Baptist Church
Lots 6 & 7 and the S 112’ of Lot 8 Block 4 Original Town
Dakota District of the Wesleyan Church
Lot B of Southside Drive Add’n
Lebanon Legion Auxiliary
Lots 1, 2, 3 & 4 Blk 6 Lebanon Town
Christ Lutheran Church
Lots 10, 11 & 12 Blk 3 Lebanon Town
Church of God
Lots 10 thru 17 Blk 19Tolstoy Town
Dakota District of the Wesleyan Church
Lots 1, 2 and 3 Blk 11 Tolstoy Town
Methodist Church
Lots 13, 14 & 15 Blk 18 Tolstoy Town
Dakota Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists
Lot 1 Blk 19, Lots 9 & 10 Blk 20 Tolstoy Town
Moved by Frost, seconded by Arbach to adjourn as a Board of Equalization and convene as a Board of County Commissioners.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
Derick Anderson  from Brosz Construction and Jason Bowes from Bowes Construction met with the Commissioners to discuss FAS 155.
Moved by Arbach, seconded by Maroney to adjourn.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
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Gym was jumping…

karen kidsDSC_0358The Jump Rope for Heart event was held in the GHS gym on Friday, April 10. Students from kindergarten through sixth grade jumped, with junior high kids helping with the project. The event was created to raise funds for the American Heart Association, and featured a series of stations involving jump rope activities for the students to participate. The total amount raised for the American Heart Association from Jump Rope for Heart was $10,486! The top collectors were Reagan and Harrison Brown with $637 and the top class was the second grade with $2511.  Organizing the event at the school was Mrs. Christy Saltsman.

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City council holds April meeting

The Gettysburg City Council covered a number of topics during their regular meeting on Monday, April 6 in the finance office.
Old library building
Mayor Bill Wuttke said the he had gone through the old library building and that it didn’t appear to be in as bad shape as originally thought. The city purchased the building from the county for $1 through a sealed bid.
Council member Bryan Hause said he was approached by an individual who wondered if the city would be interested in selling the building to him. He said there has also been questions about relocating the city offices to that side of the street when the buildings to the east of the current city office are removed, in the event there are problems with the wall when that happens. It may also be a possible location for the police department if the hospital expands. He stressed that the individual inquiring about the building has not received confirmation that his potential business idea will work but was wondering about the possibility of the space being available.
No action was taken regarding the building.
Julie Schaunaman is interested in being co-manager of the pool again this year, and the deputy finance officer is interested in serving as the other co-manager, which could also help with someone from the city having a more “hands on” involvement with inventory and deposits relating to the pool. Six lifeguards are also needed, and while some applications are out, the city will continue advertising for the lifeguard positions.
Police report
A new taser is being purchased at a cost of around $1500, which was in the police budget.  Chief of Police Bill Wainman said that it is important to have non-lethal weapons available with all the national reports of police related shootings. He told the council that law enforcement must be tased in order to complete the training to use a taser. The taser also records audio and video.
He requested council approval to attend the international chief of police meeting in Chicago in October, which will be done at no cost to the city.
He said they will be assisting the state in any way they can to give out warnings for snow piled in right of ways that block the intersections at the highway. The city law enforcement will help with any safety issues that creates, however, the snow season is hopefully now done.
He asked the council what their thoughts were for the burn ban, and said his understanding is that they can make exceptions to the county’s ban. It was decided that fire pits will be permitted in town as long as they are covered and sparks are controlled.
Council member Mick Bliese told the council that someone needs to do a write up about what to do when the sirens blow and no one pays attention to the fire trucks. Mayor Wuttke said that although there were many people to help at the big fire the previous week, there were also a lot of people just looking who were in the way. Incidents were told of pickups on the road that would not pull over for water trucks, or vehicles forcing fire trucks to nearly stop because of the congested traffic.
Maintenance report
Supervisor Russell Anderson reported that the water loss last month was lower than one percent. It was also decided to increase the rubble site hours for Saturdays from 2-6 p.m. He said it does help considerably to help with people being directed to dump in the right spot at the site.
It was decided that curbs won’t work to stop traffic where new grass and trees will be planted at the city park, so fencing is being reviewed. It could be moved to other places in the park as needed, and is being done to keep vehicles off until the new growth is established. Up to $7500 was approved for the fencing upgrade. It will also provide more organized parking and walkways through the park for summer events. A watering system estimate is being researched for the new trees and grass. Some landscaping and grading will be done on the south side of the park by the band shell and picnic shelters where water tends to pool on the ground.
Work on the draining ditch is under construction, and the shade shelters at the pool are being built. Lighting near the footbridge and basketball court was also discussed.
Spring city-wide cleanup was set for May 11-16.
There was discussion about cleaning out the drainage ditch going south from the lagoon and when that will that happen. The council will get needed paperwork started to get approval from the Department of Natural Resources to go from the lagoon to Williams Dam south of town.
It was mentioned that when Venture Communications comes back town to finish work, they need to make sure alleys are repaired. Also make sure that R and K repairs the work they did in the street by the post office.
Finance officer report
Finance officer Daniall Ablott reported that some changes to the insurance to a cafeteria plan allows more take-home pay in employee checks. There was a also refund given to the city on insurance.
The ambulance service has been given a hardship exemption, meaning fire department EVAC drivers can drive the ambulance if only one EMT can respond. Fire Chief Mike Goebel has asked firemen to sign up with a W2 if interested.
There was question about a hazmat trailer and if it was okay to be stored outside because of space issues in the fire hall. It was unsure as to who obtained it and if it belongs to county or city, or what federal agency it was received from since it is believed to have come through a grant.
In roundtable, Chief Bill Wainman said that the Mobridge dispatch does not notify the city law enforcement for ambulance calls, despite numerous requests to do so. It was asked if the sheriff department could inform them, but it was stated that they have their own problems with the Mobridge dispatch. Council member Fran Van Bockel said that the EMTs can request that law enforcement be notified for ambulance calls. Wainman said that the service also forgets to do status checks on law enforcement during some stops, citing examples of domestic calls for long periods of time with no contact from dispatch, which should be done every three to five minutes. It was commented that they dispatch for a large number of communities.
Following roundtable, the meeting was adjourned.
The minutes from the April meeting are published on page 17 of the News.  They are also published online at and at
The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers of the city finance office. The meetings are open to the public.
-Molly McRoberts

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Tornado siren to blow Wednesday, April 22

Don’t panic when you hear the emergency siren blow next Wednesday morning. It’s only a drill.
According to Potter County Emergency Manager, next week is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in South Dakota. On Wednesday, April 22, a statewide tornado drill will be conducted by the National Weather Service at 10 a.m. At that time the storm siren will send out a steady, three-minute long blast which would normally warn of an approaching tornado.
The tornado siren is different from the fire siren. A fire is announced by an up and down waver in the siren. A tornado warning is a steady blast.
Sautner said the tornado drill is an annual event. As part of the test a “tornado watch” will be issued at 10 a.m., followed by the siren “tornado warning” at 10:15 a.m.
Sautner said the presentation is designed to encourage citizens to prepare for natural disasters. It’s important to have a plan in place before an emergency occurs. “Make a plan with your family in advance about how to contact each other and where to meet,” she said, adding that an emergency supply kit should also ready during severe weather season.

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Look-alike pictures can win your mom a Mother’s Day prize

Have you ever had someone tell you that you look like your mother? Now that can win your mom a nice prize!
Send us a picture of you and your mom that shows us there is no question you belong to her. The photos should be fairly recent (for example, if you are 50, don’t send us one of you when you were 10, but one of you around 40 would be okay) and the people entered must be living. It doesn’t have to be only mother-daughter pictures, either. If you boys look a lot like your mother, send us the pictures to prove it!
If you have a photo with your mom, that would be great, but individual pictures will work, too.
The pictures will be published in the Mother’s Day edition of the News on May 7.
The top Mom-Kid look-a likes will be entered into a drawing for some fun prizes to give to your mother on her big day.
Email photos to along with names and city where you live, or deliver your photos to the News by Friday, May 1.
If you don’t have a photo, now would be a good time to get together with your mom and take one!
Watch next week’s for more details.

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James “Jim” Hepper

Hepper squareJames “Jim” Hepper, 84, Tolstoy, SD died Monday, April 6, 2015 at the Avera Gettysburg Hospital. Funeral services were held Friday, April 10 at the Tolstoy United Methodist Church with Pastor Julie Nygaard leading the service. Interment, with military graveside rites by the Hoven Legion Post, followed at German Zion Congregational Cemetery, Tolstoy.
James Harold Hepper, son of Magdalena (Bieber) and Jacob Hepper, was born at Lowry on April 3, 1931. He lived in and attended school in Lowry until he was 11 and his family relocated to a farm north of Gettysburg. He attended rural school and completed his formal education at Gettysburg High School, Class of 1949.
Jim then began his life’s work of farming. He served his country in the United States Army, being inducted Oct. 31, 1951. Jim was deployed to Korea, earned the Purple Heart, and was honorably discharged on Aug. 1, 1953. He then returned to his parent’s farm.
Jim married Edith Keller at Tolstoy on Aug. 21, 1955. They farmed north of Gettysburg until 1957 when they settled on a farm south of Tolstoy in Fairview TWSHP. In 1995, they moved into Tolstoy. The past two months, Jim lived at the Oahe Manor in Gettysburg.
He was a member of the Tolstoy United Methodist Church and the John J. Peter’s American Legion Post No. 159, Hoven, SD. Although Jim had hobbies such as writing poetry, playing guitar, jigsaw puzzles, playing pinochle, and woodworking, family and farming were his main passion.
Jim is survived by Edith, his wife of 59 years; five sons, Greg (Donna) Hepper of Huron, Mike (Melody) Hepper of Gettysburg, David (Mary) Hepper of Milbank, John (Deb) Hepper of Pierre, and Daniel (Deb) Hepper of Aberdeen; two daughters, Peggy (Tom) Squires of Milbank and Patricia (Hepper) DeVaney of Madison; three brothers, Clyde Hepper of Hot Springs, Art Hepper of Gettysburg, and Donald (Sandra) Hepper of Onida; one sister Patricia (Elwood) Moore of Sioux Falls; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Jim was preceded in death by his father on Dec. 4, 1977, his mother on Jan. 27, 2007, four sisters, Ester Knecht, Hazel Nagel, Joyce Scheller, and Ruth Nagel, one brother, Herbert Hepper, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
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Lien Funeral Home, Bowdle, is in charge of arrangements.

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Curtis Thompson

curt thompsonPhotoCurtis Alvin Thompson, 73, died on Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Knoxville, TN following complications with cancer.
Curt was born on March 31, 1941 in Jefferson, IA to Vernette and Alvin Thompson.
Beginning his education in one-room schoolhouses in South Dakota, with his mother as teacher, Curt graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1958.  He retained many friendships from those high school years.  He attended Northern State College, class of 1966, in Aberdeen, SD, where he met his wife-to-be, Phyllis Schaunaman.
He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in economics from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR, and then forged a distinguished 40-year career in Development and Planned Giving, first with Ripon College, Ripon WI (1968-1979) and then with Denison University, Granville, OH (1979-2007).  Curt greatly enjoyed his work and his colleagues and truly believed in the mission of each institution and was committed to fulfilling the wishes of each alumni and friend of the college.
He and Phyllis retired in the beautiful community of Tellico Village, in Loudon, TN where they were able to continue making memories with friends from Wisconsin and Ohio, as well as developing wonderful new friendships.
Through both business travel and family vacations, Curt visited each of the continental United States, connecting with family, collecting friends, and exploring everything the country has to offer. Curt loved to drive. For example, in 2014 he planned and took Phyllis and his sister and brother-in-law on a 6,500 mile driving excursion to Canada and many national parks.  He drove the entire way.
Curt was proud of his roots in South Dakota and often entertained friends with stories of his life there.  His witty, straight forward approach to life endeared him to all.  He embraced Phyllis’s family and looked forward to the bi-annual, large family reunions in Aberdeen, SD.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Phyllis (Schaunaman) Thompson; his son, Scott Thompson and his wife, Rebecca; his  daughter, JoEllen Thompson; five grandchildren: Elias, Benjamin, Nathan, Andy, and Samantha; and many relatives and friends.
Family services will be held in Oklahoma.
Click Funeral Home and Cremations is serving the family of Curtis Thompson.

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